Chinese home baker to sell traditional treats at January Gallery Night

Chinese-American baker Liang Xu is determined to bring the “magic” of the Lunar New Year, or “Chinese Spring Festival,” to the people of Pensacola by way of food.

The local population of Chinese people, and for that matter Asian people, is slim, according to 2021 U.S. Census Bureau estimates. About 1.5% of city residents and 3.3% of Escambia County residents identify as “Asian only.”

In part of keeping her native traditions alive in the United States, Xu owns and operates a Chinese home bakery called The Pretty Bear’s Bakery, where she rolls out Chinese and Asian style sweets on a 24/7 basis. But this week will be special, as Xu will be preparing large and small variety boxes to sell at January’s Gallery Night from 5 to 9 p.m.